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  • TRANSATLANTIC TRADE & INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP petition

    Can we encourage as many as possible to sign and/or organise petitions - and if possible to attend the "Day of Action" at the Carmarthen Guildhall on Saturday 30th August at 10am.

    If the TTIP goes ahead, as is being discreetly negotiated at present, it will make billions for the US global corporations and ruin our society, economy and environment in the process.

     

     

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  • The new Three Towns Food Network, linking Knighton, Presteigne and Kington to increase local food resilience, will be showing at Knighton Agricultural Show on 30 August (next to the tea tent, with Tene Valley Environmental Group and Knighton Tree Allotments Trust. Read more ...  

  • The 2014 Spring Greens Fair

     

    Bigger, better, bursting with good things green, but still intimate and charming...the 2014 Spring Greens Fair is back this weekend, 3/4 May at the wonderful Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow. Mid Wales Permaculture Network will be there, of course (perennial forest garden plants for sale and adopt-a-plant with free plants for children. This year there will be even more wonderful food, activities, forum discussions, demonstrations, crafts, performace... see it all here:

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  • FARMERS MARKET

    AND TRANSITION PRESTEIGNE SKILLSHARE

     

    SATURDAY 5TH APRIL

    Memorial Hall, Presteigne, 9am -1pm

     

    LOCAL PRODUCE inc fresh organic veg, local cheeses, meats, eggs, smokerie, scrummy bites, homemade Indian foods, apple juice ...

    A SPECIAL stall for April from Whitton WI

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GM wheat escape in Oregon

A trial version of GM wheat was recently found growing in Oregon, even though the trials ended in 2005 and Monsanto withdrew their application to grow the wheat. It is not known how the wheat escaped, or whether it has been cross-pollinating since 2005.

A Kansas farmer is suing Monsanto on the basis that his income will suffer as Monsanto's blunder has already caused Japan to suspend some imports of US wheat and consequently the price of US wheat is under threat.

 

More GM news:  over the weekend the Connecticut Senate voted 34 to 0 to pass an amendment to HB 6527 to label GMOs in Connecticut and 2 days later, the CT House passed the bill 134 to 3.

It appears that Connecticut might wish to move towards GM food labelling, but they won't do it alone because reportedly Monsanto has threatened to sue any state that passes a stand-alone GMO labeling bill.

Leaders in the Connecticut House, Senate and Governor's office reached a compromise that says GMO labeling will go into effect in Connecticut once four other states pass mandatory GMO labeling.

According to the provision, which is meant to insulate the state of Connecticut from an expensive lawsuit, one state must be touching the Connecticut border (New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island) and that the states in the North East region have a population totaling 20 million.

Maine, Massachusetts, Pennslyvania, New Jersey and New York all have GMO labeling bills in the current session and could follow Connecticut in a matter of weeks.

 

Already 26 states have introduced GMO labeling bills this year, with Vermont passing a version, and Maine close to passing one now.

A situation could arise where there is not enough GM-free wheat on the world market to satisfy demand, causing a price hike. Politicians will likely try to use this to make the case that GM wheat is perfectly fine and shouldn't be rejected 'on emotional grounds'.

 

Read the Kansas farmer story here:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/04/farmer-monsanto-genetically-engineered-wheat/2388957/

Link to Greenpeace campaign on escaped Oregon GE wheat:

http://www.facebook.com/l/DAQGFfFya/us.greenpeace.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=31741.0&dlv_id=37481

 

More information on Monsanto and GMOs at:

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

 

Reporter: Clive Kinski

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